Veteran Indian star ruled out of 4th test at Sydney

Posted January 03, 2019

The BCCI on Wednesday announced the 13-man squad for the fourth Test excluding Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma from the squad.

"If we think India were to play two spinners Pete could be a really important player for us", Paine said.

Answers to these and more as Cricket Analyst, Mr Ashutosh Paibhale discusses the Sydney Test in detail.

Australia won the second Test and would be desperate to win the final Test to draw the series.

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Dwelling on his obsession to win overseas, Kohli said, "The reason I said it has to be an obsession to win away from home is because you can not afford to be negative even for a single minute, a single day on tour".

With the pace trio of Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav, the two spinners will in all likelihood bamboozle the Australian batsmen. But Kohli's team has already reached a position where it can not lose the series and will go all out to close the Sydney match on a winning note to justify its position as the top-ranked Test team.

"The physio and trainer have spoken to him about what he has to do".

A first-class average of 33 suggests Labuschagne is very much a speculative pick by selectors but at age 24 he is young enough for them to take a leap of faith upon at a time when there are no standout candidates emerging from the Sheffield Shield. "You can't really predict an injury when it happens, you can just manage it", he added.

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"The Ashwin factor, it does make you alter your plans a little bit. In his absence, Vihari has bowled beautifully". "We will play with full intensity and effort". He's pitching the ball in the right areas so we are looking at him as a solid bowling option right now. There were also several pow-wows within the camp: before the net session began, Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane had a long chat with Sanjay Bangar, the assistant coach and following the session, Kohli was seen in discussion with the support staff.

The Sydney pitch is often termed as one of flattest pitches in the country.

Mayank Agarwal opens the batting with KL Rahul, with Hanuma Vihari dropping down to number six to cover for Rohit Sharma, who is unavailable after his wife gave birth. This meant that old friends Mayank Agarwal and Rahul would be back in harness together once more, this time at the worldwide level.

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